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June 1, 2016

Few Syrian Christians get asylum in U.S.

May 31, 2016 by Evan Wilt, World News Service
Two months after the Obama administration called out militant terror group Islamic State (ISIS) for committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria, refugee data show those finding a safe haven ...

Mission:Dignity aids 'folks like us'

May 31, 2016 by Joe Westbury, Mission:Dignity
After 45 years of ministry, Reginald and Claudia Pressley retired much the way they began – serving small churches in the Southeast. They were there for ...

Hispanic church beams gospel to community

May 31, 2016 by Joe Westbury, Georgia Christian Index
A young mother may turn to 94.7 on her radio dial for health tips for herself and her family as well as children’s programming. An auto mechanic may listen ...

Incarcerated women receive milestone degrees

May 31, 2016 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS
Having overcome a crisis of faith to complete her college degree, Brenda Thornton walked the chapel stage at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.

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Fathers are powerful role models for their children
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Primary election: Part 2 

Next week is "Part 2" of North Carolina’s primary election. The first part on March 15 let voters choose candidates for the U.S. president and other offices – EXCEPT the candidates for (1) the United States Congress and (2) the North Carolina Supreme Court. Each party’s candidates for Congress and non-partisan judges will be decided in the June 7 primary. So it is important to vote next week!

Because this delayed primary is rare, we tried to call your attention to it through stories about the candidates who are members of churches affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. N.C. Baptists are our primary readership and the audience we are assigned to inform. One of our readers, pastor Rit Varriale, submitted a guest column that asks North Carolina Baptists to consider the importance of the N.C. Supreme Court seats in this primary. Read his commentary here. He explains that two judges will survive this primary. Please vote on June 7.

Sometimes we overlook a very important offering that helps care for our retired pastors and wives who served churches sacrificially. They cared for small congregations and simply were not able to set aside enough dollars for retirement. Today, some barely survive – many are widows. Please read this week’s front page story about Mission:Dignity and learn how your church can support these heroes in ministry. Your offerings will literally put food on the table for these men and women. We cannot abandon them. Please give generously to the Mission:Dignity offering.

The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting is a little more than one week away. Your Biblical Recorder staff will be on the ground in St. Louis to cover the news you need to know. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure you have the BR app on your smartphone. Check Brnow.org regularly. If you are attending the meeting, I hope we are able to connect in St. Louis.

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